Paul on top of Silverton

Look at these random questions I found on the internet!

If you could throw any kind of party, what would it be like and what would it be for?  Weddings are always the best parties – it would definitely be a wedding.  People are always happy, and even estranged family members are on their best behavior.  There’s no shame in the dancing, no age limits on the dance floor, no drama, no hesitation to give someone a hug, no end of old friends to share stories with, and no old people acting their age.  I wish every party could be like a wedding.

If you could paint a picture of any scenery you’ve seen before, what would you paint?  Reykjavik is a very unique and striking scene – you can find some pictures on our blog.  The rock, architecture, water, and complete lack of trees made a big impact on me.

If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be?  29 was a hell of a year, but if you ask me the same question 10 years from now, I’ll probably list some age between now and then.  This is going to be a sweet decade.

If you knew the world was ending in 2015, what would you do differently?  Uh…given that I’m quitting my job and traveling the world with the most amazing woman that I’ve been in love with for just about as long as I’ve known her – absolutely nothing.

If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?  Everybody has flaws, but I got lucky with a dad who’s always been a fantastic mentor.  (I’m not thinking about work here.)

If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?  First contact with an alien race.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?  Learn two languages fluently.  Mandarin and Spanish, probably.

If you had to work on only one project for the next year, what would it be?  This blog!

If you were immortal for a day, what would you do?  Ride on top of a train along a cliff in Nepal.

If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to?  If I were going to live in India, I would choose an Indian name like Vignesh.  I could go by Viggy.  Why choose a random Indian name?  I don’t know, why not?

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?  Carl Sagan seems like he was a rare human being with a perspective much bigger than our world.  He realized, in a way that most people can’t even fathom, how small we truly are – and how that carries a responsibility for all of us to treat each other with respect, compassion, and humility.

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?  Buy a jet and hire a pilot to fly us wherever we wanted to go.  Invest the rest and continue life as normal, work and all.

If you were reincarnated as an ice cream flavor, what would it be?  The Sweet Action ice cream shop near our place in Denver has a salted Oreo ice cream, which sounds a little odd but is actually the best invention in the history of ice cream.  I would be that.

If you could know the answer to any question, besides “What is the meaning of life?”, what would it be?  If I could know the answer with certainty, I would want to know if god or gods exist.  Of course, there’s a problem with that: to know anything with certainty requires knowledge beyond the reach of our ability, so any certain answer to that question would mean god or gods exist.  Tricky.

If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?  Calvin from the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes.  He has an amazing vocabulary for a six year old and a perspective on life that’s similar to Carl Sagan’s.



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